Letters to the Editor
I am in the fifth grade at Ripon Christian Elementary School in Ripon, California. I have adopted your state as a class project. I will be doing a report and making a display about Utah. Towards the end of April or the beginning of May my class will be having a "State Fair." I will display and show everything that I have gotten about your great state to my whole school.
It would be helpful to me if you could ask your readers to send me postcards of your state, maps, brochures, information about wildlife, industry, neat places to visit, statistics, sports teams and any other information and items your readers feel would be helpful.
I hope your readers will help me with my project. I’m looking forward to hearing from them and promise to send a thank you to them for helping me. I am excited to learn about your state!
Thank you from California,
Ms. Terpstra’s Class
Ripon Christian School
217 N. Maple Avenue
Ripon, CA 95366
Treasure Hill is an imposition on the land
Park City is about to be overwhelmed by a development in Old Town called Treasure Hill. It is to be located on Creole Gulch, accessed at Empire and Lowell Ave. I have some grave concerns about this project that has 5 nine-story towers along with other multiple structures:
Balance The ratio of this oversized project to the scale of old Town Park City is out of balance. It commands rather than integrates.
Beauty This is a beautiful piece of mountainside property that begs for responsible development. Any well-trained architect knows that he/she must be responsible for what they leave behind. This kind of development is an imposition on the land. First and foremost, the land should dictate what is built there. "It is easy to throw up a building, but almost impossible to reclaim the land once it is gone" Wallace Stegner. Treasure Hill imposes rather than complements, violating the environment. Even though there is 97% open land, it is soured visually by this overwhelming project.
Park City’s Green Scene Congratulations to our mayor, Dana Williams, for starting Park City’s Green Scene. Where does Treasure Hill fit into this?
Architectural vernacular The structures proposed for Treasure Hill are tall and boxy, a style reminiscent of the late ’70s and early ’80s found in urban landscapes. These structures are now obsolete in most cases. They do not compliment nor harmonize with the current historical charm of Old Town.
Traffic issues Taken from the Planning Commission Staff Report, January 7, 2009: "Empire Avenue and Lowell Avenue will be the main access routes to the Creole Gulch site. As such, during construction these roads will need to carry heavy traffic, probably in the vicinity of up to 300 heavy trucks per day. At the present time and until the Creole Gulch site develops, Empire and Lowell south of Manor Way are and will be low-volume residential streets, with a pavement quality, width, and thickness that won’t support that type of truck traffic." Katie Cattan. Scheduled construction to be completed in 10 years! Need more be said?
I seriously urge Park City citizens to raise their concern about Treasure Hill; the Planning Commission to seriously consider the impact on our community and The Park Record’s responsibility to the community to publish the renderings so that Parkites will have a reference to judge this project.
Extolling a kind, gentle Sundance experience
This Sundance will always stand out to me as the most kind and gentle Sundance experience in our 10-year history at The Viking Yurt. I think that is something to celebrate in these tough economic times and realize that maybe something wonderful is happening around us. I noticed it also in and around town with our visitors. As locals we appreciate the Sundance experience and crowds but have had to endure some unpleasantness that was tiring at times. The media is reporting on how well behaved the tremendous crowds were in Washington during the inauguration and I couldn’t help correlate that to my total surprise at what a civilized Sundance crowd we enjoyed having in Park City this winter. I hope this can be the beginning of renewed respect, integrity and kindness towards each other.
The Viking Yurt, The Canyons Ski Resort
SB 81 will increase unreported crimes
I’ve often watched with wonder and amusement the antics of the Utah State Legislature, and their seeming disconnect from the United States Constitution. Separation of church and state is a concept lost on most of our elected leaders, and the new effort to "criminalize" abortions is obviously unconstitutional, and will only cost taxpayers money in its failed defense.
As for immigration law SB 81, I am shocked that no one has pointed out the potential consequences if local law enforcement is enlisted to enforce federal immigration law. This misguided law will lead to huge increases in hit-and-run traffic accidents, and more importantly, unreported violent crimes, including rapes.
As for the traffic accidents, if a driver, whether at fault or not, faces deportation when the police come to investigate the crash, he is not likely to hang around. He is not likely to render aid to injured parties, or call for the EMTs, instead concentrating on getting as far away from the crash as possible.
Victims of violent crimes, sexual assault included, will feel they do not have the option of telephoning the police if they happen to have a questionable immigration status. The more callous among you will scoff at this concern since the victims are illegals. But people who commit rape are not necessarily going to limit their targets to foreigners.
All of our citizens, legal and otherwise, will be at risk if the police are not notified of the crime and given the victim’s full cooperation in the apprehension of the perpetrator. To my knowledge Park City has not experienced the trauma of a serial rapist, but that does not mean it can’t happen. SB 81 will only make such crimes harder to solve.
If witnesses and victims will not come forward, the police are handcuffed, leading to more victims before the bad guys can be caught. In short, our desire to rid ourselves of undocumented foreigners is not worth the consequences.
Despite the popularity of dramatic police shows like CSI, most crimes are still solved with what was once referred to as old-fashioned gumshoe police work. Find the people who have the information you need and get them to talk to you. It’s about hitting the streets and not the laboratory. It’s about gaining the trust of the people. And yes, that includes illegal aliens.
I applaud State Representative Christine Johnson for trying to have SB 81 overturned ("Basin lawmaker wants immigration law repealed," Park Record, Wednesday, January 28, 2009). She cites budget constraints in her objections to this ill-advised law, and considering today’s economy that might just do the trick. I’m hoping that I’ve added more fuel to her fire.
The Jazz Jokerz were the opening act
Per your article in the Scene section of the January 28 paper entitled "Local students meet famous pop artist," I’d like to make a correction. During the evening event at the Stansfield Gallery where McPolin students got to meet artist Steve Kaufman, "School of Rock" was not the only band to play that night, as printed in your article. The opening jazz band that played between 6:00 and 7:30 was the "Jazz Jokerz," an independent band which is not associated with "School of Rock," but rather is mentored by popular jazz musician David Halliday.
Many thanks to the "Jazz Jokerz" and "School or Rock" for providing great entertainment that night, and to Anne-Marie Buckland and Stansfield Gallery for hosting such a wonderful event for our children. A great time was had by all.
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A group of Park City residents on Monday night criticized the prospects of City Hall developing a workforce or otherwise affordable housing project in Old Town. The people at a Marsac Building event raised a range of issues.